2007 Introduction: Harrison Gaines

Harrison Gaines, a 6-0 junior point guard from Southern California, has several Pac-10 programs, among others, showing early interest in him...

Harrison Gaines, 6-0 JR PG Phelan (Calif.) Serrano, is a quick lead guard with good scoring ability. He's more of a scorer than a distributor at this point, but he's got a nice upside.

We spoke with Gaines recently and he gave us a list of schools that he has been hearing from so far.

"Stanford, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington State, UConn, Santa Clara and Washington," said Gaines.

When asked if he had a dream school when he was growing up, Gaines said, "Stanford has always been my dream school."

Gaines told us New Mexico coaches have been out to his school to see him already, with Santa Clara and Washington State scheduled to visit in the next month.

Gaines talked a little about the issues he'll consider when making his choice.

"Academics will be a big factor," said Gaines. "Early playing time is also important. Not necessarily to start, but I'd like to see some minutes as a freshman. A good coaching staff, where they have a family environment is also important. Someplace where they're concerned with me as a person as well as a player."

We asked Gaines if location would play a role in his choice.

"I'd like to stay in the west, but that's not too big a deal," said Gaines. "I wouldn't mind going away, but I prefer the west."

When questioned about the issue of playing style, Gaines replied, "I want to go somewhere that I can play my game. I'm a scoring point, but I can distribute the ball. I'd like to play in an up-tempo system where I can have a scoring role as well as distributing the ball."

Gaines doesn't anticipate making a decision anytime soon.

"I think I'll play through the summer and then decide next fall," said Gaines.

A very good student, Gaines told us he has a 3.6 GPA.


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